The 2000–01 Iraqi Elite League was the 27th season of the competition since its foundation in 1974. The name of the league was changed from Iraqi First Division to Iraqi Elite League. Instead of relegating teams from the 1999–2000 season and promoting teams from the lower division in order to decide which teams were playing in the competition, the Iraq Football Association decided that every team in the country from every division should play qualifying games in order to decide who participated.
The qualifying rounds saw a total of 135 teams being split into groups based on geographical position, all competing for the 16 places in the league. After all the qualifiers were over, the league competition itself was played and was 30 rounds long. This made it too difficult to schedule the 2000–01 edition of the Iraq FA Cup, so that competition was cancelled. In the end, Al-Zawraa won their third league title in a row, finishing a comfortable eight points clear of their rivals. Al-Zawraa's record in the qualifying round was 17 matches, 14 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses, 80 goals scored, 6 goals conceded, +74 goal difference and 43 points.
First qualifying roundEdit
In the first qualifying round, each province (apart from Baghdad and Sulaymaniya) had its own group with the highest-placed team in each group qualifying to the final qualifying round.
||Al-Qassim played Al-Hilla in a two-legged play-off which ended 1–1 on aggregate; Al-Qassim qualified on away goals. Other teams in the group included Babil
||All 35 teams admitted directly to final qualifying round
||Al-Minaa played Al-Basra in a two-legged play-off; both legs ended in draws and Al-Minaa won 1–0 via a golden goal in extra-time. Other teams in the group included Al-Bahri and Al-Ittihad
||Other teams in the group included Diyala, who withdrew
||Other teams in the group included Zakho and Peris
||Other teams in the group included Al-Hindiya, Al-Jamahir and Al-Husseiniya
||Other teams in the group included Al-Amara
||Al-Mosul played Al-Hikna in a two-legged play-off; both legs ended in draws and Al-Mosul qualified on away goals
||Other teams in the group included Salahaddin
||Al-Sulaymaniya admitted directly to final qualifying round
Final qualifying roundEdit
In the final qualifying round, the 52 remaining teams were split into five groups based on geographical location.
- Al-Difaa Al-Jawi defeated Al-Jaish to qualify for the League.